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The Egalitarian

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2 years later at HCC

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After graduating high school back in 2015 I had already figured out that I wanted to keep my education going, so college was the plan after graduation. I enrolled at my local Houston Community College in the beginning the staff was very helpful and were kind to guide me in the right direction. Never did I feel out of place not knowing what I was doing.
The first question that everyone asks you is what are you considering to major in? Unfortunately being fresh out of high school this is something that I still didn’t look into yet. According to NYTimes “80 percent of freshmen — even those who have declared a major — say they are uncertain about their major, and half will change their minds after they declare, sometimes more than once.”

 

Being clueless about what major to choose from or what would be a better fit for me I asked my academic advisor for some suggestions on what would be good for me. What I ended up choosing was just to get my basics with the hope that after taking some classes I would take a better intake in what I like and what I don’t like. My first semester went great the professors at HCC are very helpful and always provide you with all the sources that HCC has for us students. After completing my first year I wasn’t sure if this was what I wanted, so I took a break.

 

During that break, I was just living life working at a dental office and also raising my son. Going back to school was something that was in the back of my head, but it never felt like the right time. Until my son started Pre-K I took the initiative to look back into enrolling again and completing my associate degree. Going back to campus and looking into the process of how to start again was a bit overwhelming there were some challenges that I had that made me question if I was doing the right thing. What helped me the most was how the staff was so motivating when I told them I wanted to start school again and finish this degree.

 

By this time it has been maybe 4 years after I graduated High School and did my first year at HCC. The timeline from being to graduate was something that disappointed me but I knew that time would go by fast and it sure did. Having the option at HCC to do online anytime was my biggest help, so I wouldn’t struggle having someone to take care of my son if I did in person. The Communication degree felt like the best option for me, and it has made me see all sources of media differently now you’re always learning something with all the changes that happen now. Semester after semester the professors have been very nice and helpful and all have taught me something different. I didn’t know about all the things that are available at HCC if it wasn’t through them. For all those freshman students I recommend HCC my biggest advice is if you’re undecided about what major to choose give communications a chance!

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